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Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology & History
I study the politics of development, resource extraction, and informal economies in Francophone West Africa. My dissertation analyzes contestations over land, labor and knowledge in Kédougou, Senegal, the site of an unfolding artisanal and industrial gold mining boom. I approach artisanal mining as a critical ethnographic and historic case study of broader moral and material struggles between informal/ illegal forms of technological practice and the formal development initiatives of the state and private capital in post-colonial Africa. Prior to graduate school, I worked for the Peace Corps in Senegal and for the Africa desk of the International Organization for Migration in Belgium.
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